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PNS Daily Newscast - July 27, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; the Pentagon still trying to figure out how to respond to the latest Trump tweet to ban transgender Americans from serving in the armed forces; updates on the Affordable Care Act and state worker contracts, plus Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke heads to New Mexico to review another national monument.

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Public News Service - CA: Energy Policy

Purple Coral thrives in the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off the California coast, which is under federal review. (Dr. Steve Lonhart)

MONTEREY, Calif. - Four marine sanctuaries off the California coast are at risk of being downsized, possibly to make way for oil-drilling operations - and people only have until tomorrow to put in their two cents. The public comment period is coming to a close on a review ordered by President Trum

Environmental advocates say leaks from gas water heaters are a major source of greenhouse-gas emissions in California. (Donnie B/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - If you're interested in reducing your carbon footprint, conservation advocates say one good way is to replace your natural gas-fueled water heater, stove or pool pump with one that runs on electricity. The advocates are pushing state agencies to take action over the next few wee

Infrared imaging shows the 2015 natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon. New rules would reduce methane leaks from pipelines. (Environmental Defense Fund)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Conservation advocates are breathing more easily – and utility companies are preparing compliance plans – after the California Public Utilities Commission passed groundbreaking new rules on the storage and distribution of natural gas. The rules force gas util

A Napa geyser is evidence of California's geothermal resources, which scientists say should be a bigger part of the state's renewable-energy portfolio. (maisna/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Geothermal-energy experts are meeting in Sacramento today to plot California's energy future, with an eye on further developing what they say is a reliable, inexhaustible source of energy. The California Energy Commission is sponsoring the workshop to discuss a new three-year p

The state of California will begin to decommission Platform Holly near Santa Barbara - the last offshore rig in state waters. (Linda Krop)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The last remaining offshore oil platform in California waters will now be decommissioned, after Venoco, the company that owns it, declared bankruptcy and handed the lease back to the state. Platform Holly off of Santa Barbara was shut down two years ago after a nearby

Grasslands are being lost to crops for ethanol production, particularly near ethanol plants, according to a new study. (cl_convoy/morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A new report shows the Renewable Fuel Standard has had some unintended consequences – leading to the loss of 7 million acres of grassland nationally within the past few years – mostly in and around ethanol refineries as demand grew for corn. The study showed

Multiple oil refineries on the California coast contribute to the state's persistent air-quality problems. (Thomas Hawk)

LOS ANGELES - Southern California has long been plagued with dirty air - so dirty that clean-air advocates claim the entire South Coast basin has never been in full compliance with the federal Clean Air Act. But today, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is to vote on developing a long-t

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt took his turn answering tough questions from a Senate committee as President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the E.P.A. (Gage Skidmore)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, faces strong opposition by environmental and progressive groups - including the League of Conservation Voters. The League's vice president of government affairs, Tiernan Sit

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